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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Chain

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 2nd 2007 10:47AM
buffy season 8(S08I05) It seems the readers have spoken ... written ... voted, and I will continue to review the "episodes" of Buffy season 8. I agree with some of the sentiments left in the comments, though. While this is meant to be a canonical continuation of the TV series, it's not a TV series. This is a comic, and it feels like one. It can't replace the direction and the acting we saw on the small screen, and I don't believe it was ever meant to.

When one of your friends heads off to a faraway land and sends you a letter every week, it's not the same as them being there with you, but it sure is comforting to have them around, so-to-speak. It's like that, only not as desperate sounding.

After the four-part arc we just read through for the past few months, this is the first standalone issue of the season 8 comics. The first time I read this book I was interrupted and had to come back to it another day, which confused the hell out of me. Do yourself a favor and read this cover-to-cover the first time around. I know, it's a huge chore being so wordy and all.

After I read this issue the second time (and fully), it made a lot more sense to me. We're finally getting some depth to some of the newly anointed slayers, even though this particular one winds up dead. I have to imagine that, in the coming issues, we'll get a lot more of this. It's quite something to realize that at least the majority of these new slayers are openly willing to act upon their duty or at least learn more about it.

I'm not sure so much about the whole faerie/slug aspect of the underworld, as that's really nothing like anything we've seen before in the Buffyverse. I think it was a bit hokey, even though the best line of the issue came from it (see at the end of this review.) First giant Dawn, then this. Some of it is hard to swallow, isn't it? Yeah, I know, like vampires and demons are any easier to believe.

I think the idea of "The Chain" is that each of these slayers still exists connected to what would have been a sort-of lineage chain that has since been fully exposed. What I mean is, if Faith were to have died, another slayer was the next link in a hidden chain, to be activated upon her death. Imagine that chain fully unhidden, but each of them is attached in a line. At least that's the way I see it, and I wonder if that sort of thing will be more revealed and be a cause of problems with all the slayers should they realize their position in this chain.

Despite the faeries, slugs and lack of any Scoobs other than Giles, this could have made for a decent TV episode. The next issue comes out September 5, and it's Faith-centric!

Quote of the issue:

Slug King: "You pass the test. The last one to fall this far, years ago, he gave us your language. And this pretty necklace, because he didn't pass."

Did you think the faeries and slugs were pretty lame?
Yes43 (48.3%)
No46 (51.7%)

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shealene

I dunno, it's like the show in some ways, because you remember when there'd be like this big plot and you'd be so excited for the next episode and then BAM there's just like this really random idea that has NOTHING at all to do with anything and you're just like duuuhhhhhh? *sigh* I wish there was still a tv show. I think he should make "Fray" into one. That'd be pretty fantastic.

August 09 2007 at 5:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keli

I haven't actually read any of this yet except the very first issue, which I liked, but comics... they're just so short and then you have to wait a month for the next one. I'm not patient enough.

I have been rewatching season 2 and 3, though, which reminded me how much I loved this series and also how much I hated season 7.

sigh.

August 06 2007 at 8:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mellonmarshall

hey you say that about fairies but there are sereval of the novels that had fairies in them
Child of the Hunt, Immmorals ones string to mind

August 04 2007 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Well done. You made the Blog over at Newsarama.

http://blog.newsarama.com/2007/08/03/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-is-the-same-but-different/

August 03 2007 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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